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OBITUARY: Charles 'Charlie' Raymond Garcia, Sr.
Charles ‘Charlie’ Raymond Garcia, Sr.
Charles ‘Charlie’ Raymond Garcia, Sr.

Charles Raymond Garcia, Sr., "Charlie" died Dec. 22, 2013 in his home in Blythe after a long illness. He was 80 years old. Charlie was born Nov. 16, 1933 in Brawley, Calif.

He grew up in a family of seven children in Tracy, Calif. where he graduated from Tracy High School in 1952. He married Marilyn Irene (McClellan) Garcia in 1953 and there they raised a family of six children.

He joined his father in the labor contracting business in produce when he was just 18 years old. In 1977, he began his own labor contracting business, which later became Aztec Harvesting in Blythe.

A sports enthusiast, Garcia adored seeing his children and grandchildren play team sports. He was especially proud of his sons who still coach and he enjoyed hearing their stories of wins and losses when he wasn't able to see the games.

Garcia spent his free time gardening and following Notre Dame football. He enjoyed annual trips with his sons and brother to South Bend, Ind. to see a game. He made one last trip in November of 2013.

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Marilyn Garcia; their children: Chuck (Sheila) Garcia, Steve (Tina) Garcia, Vince Garcia, Pilar Garcia, Adam Garcia, and Sabrina (Matt) Dimond; his brothers: Richard, Danny and Jimmy Garcia; sisters: Mary Kaiser and Rosemarie Solario. Charlie was extremely proud of his 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Rose Garcia; and his brother, David Garcia.

Rosary and visitation for Charlie will be Dec. 29, 2013 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Blythe, beginning at 5 p.m. with remarks and reflection from 6-7 p.m. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Dec. 30, 2013 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church with a reception immediately following in the Parish Hall. Garcia will be laid to rest in Tracy at the Tracy Public Cemetery Jan. 3, 2014 at 1 p.m.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014
Article comment by: Thomas R.L. Garcia

To the many acquaintances with the Acuna-Garcia family, there are many days when the sun rises and we stay our lives with a soulful prayer and then work. Mr. C.R. Garcia was a leader that inspired his next of kin when grandfather Thomas Rubi Garcia had passed away in 1977. In my young-adult yrs., there was Uncle Charlie, who was the only person in the entire world who could actually understand myself! Thank you to that grand fellow of a man that many youths in Tracy, CA remember as a mentor and a rooting fan of their personal developing lives. I praise the Spirit in the man. Sincerely, your nephew, Thomas Garcia.

Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Article comment by: Diana Figueroa

my condolences to the GARCIA family. May GOD bless you all and provide you peace. Charlie was a great person and touched many people.

Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Article comment by: cecil borboa

My sincerest condolences to the family of Charlie, whom I had the pleasure of knowing for many, many years. He was my coffee mate at the Courtesy Rest. for many years. He'll be missed by his family, but also his many friends that he made over the years. Knowing his plight in illness, he now is at peace with the Lord. God Bless you my friend.

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